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Comment Re:Troll (Score 1) 310 310

The difference is that Dr. Gallo both never claimed to have a cure and never had that cure fail repeatedly and spectacularly in the real world. I think the abject failure of Marx's solutions is a strong indication that his analysis is deeply flawed. But you don't need to take my word for it. There's already a quote from the beginning that we can study:

"within the capitalist system all methods for raising the social productiveness of labour are brought about at the cost of the individual labourer; all means for the development of production transform themselves into means of domination over, and exploitation of, the producers; they mutilate the labourer into a fragment of a man, degrade him to the level of an appendage of a machine, destroy every remnant of charm in his work and turn it into a hated toil; they estrange from him the intellectual potentialities of the labour process in the same proportion as science is incorporated in it as an independent power; they distort the conditions under which he works, subject him during the labour process to a despotism the more hateful for its meanness; they transform his life-time into working-time, and drag his wife and child beneath the wheels of the Juggernaut of capital."

The obvious rebuttal is that the premises are false. For example, labor unions are a typical social construct in capitalism that doesn't result in the claimed consequences. Or consider job search engines. Are workers worse off because the hiring process has been improved a bit? Are we, workers worse off due to technological improvements to worker productivity like computers or air conditioning?

Why should we trust this spew of verbiage when the initial assumptions are patently false?

And let us not forget that so many people, the middle class (or "bourgeoisie"), just aren't living with this sort of drudgery. Marx tried to ignore this group and categorize thema as being more or less enemies of the working class ("proletariat").

Comment Re:Troll (Score 1) 310 310

So want to see socialism, first the psychopaths have to go, quite simply they will corrupt any ism they are a part of, attempt to turn it into an authoritarian state where they have control and can dominate and exploit the citizens of that society.

The problem here is that your so-called "psychopaths" are normal humans exhibiting normal human behavior. That's the thing about capitalism and markets, you don't need to get rid of normal human behavior in order for them to work well.

The 'Free Market' is straight up marketing lie because it is wholly and totally dependent upon nothing in that market ever being Free, everything 'owned' and 'controlled', so that those with the most can control and exploit those with the least. With everything that can be owned being owned, including all of the essentials to life, so that denial of life becomes the tool of exploitation of the not free at all market place of human lives.

You don't even know what a market is. It's not some magic controlling beast, it is merely an avenue for trade - trade which you don't have to participate in.

Comment Re:Troll (Score 0) 310 310

and have worked in

I see you've enjoyed the capitalism too.

Hell, I was even there long enough to have experienced their health care system after I got a wisdom tooth removed in Helsinki. Cost me $25 (which the dentist wouldn't take because he said it had been a pleasure to practice English with me).

Just because it didn't cost you a lot doesn't mean it was cheap. Capitalism paid for that bit of social welfare.

It continues to amuse me how people claim that countries like this aren't socialist hellholes because of the socialism.

Comment Re:Casino Noise (Score 1) 120 120

I don't see how it's a counterexample to the claim that property tax is a tax on economic activity. Can you elaborate?

Well, first, there is the obvious. Property taxes don't tax economic activity. If I don't own property, I can still generate economic activity, but economic activity that isn't taxed. Conversely, I can own land which is left fallow. The land would have inherent value, despite my lack of use of it, because of potential economic activity and such. So I would pay a tax on something that doesn't actually generate economic activity.

Second, once a government entity collects taxes via one of these particular means (but not the other), they have considerable incentive to introduce policies to increase the revenue from one means while not impairing the other. For example, they can choose to spur economic activity in order to increase taxes from economic activity (such as income taxes).

The actual example of the broken window fallacy is a case of deliberately breaking windows along streets of a city in order to spur economic activity. It doesn't affect someone who either doesn't own a window or doesn't have their windows right next to the street where they can be broken. The very poor and the very rich are unaffected by this particular approach.

Also, if one pursues strategies for increasing property values rather than increasing economic activity, then breaking windows runs counter to the goal.

Comment Re:The Less You know, The More Scared You Are (Score 1) 218 218

Just proves my point: You have no clue what you are talking about.

No. For I'm knowledgeable enough to assess everyone else's competence in this matter.

The observation of intelligence in humans is an interface observation, it is completely unclear whether it gets created there and how that would work if so.

You are of course speaking of a "soul". And why wouldn't an AI had one too? Humans demonstrate it can be done assuming the thing exists in the first place, of course.

Comment Re:The Less You know, The More Scared You Are (Score 1) 218 218

Understanding why we may never have strong AI (i.e. as dumb as an average human), requires actual insights into the the subject matter on a level you cannot acquire in a year or two.

Given that no one currently has that insight - no matter their level of training, and the existence of humans demonstrates that strong AI can exist, then I really don't see the point of your post.

Comment Re:Casino Noise (Score 1) 120 120

And in any case property tax does end up being a tax on economic activity also, or at least on economic value, which is determined by economic activity.

The Broken Window Fallacy is the classic counterexample. Among other things, it's a means to disengage (and of course, tax) economic activity from the value of property.

Comment Re: better late than never (Score 1) 76 76

But it does create a bunch of opportunity for the government to shut down your business on grounds of not taking legally sufficient precautions against underage access. It's a balancing act of liability for credit card fraud vs. liability for fines for noncompliance.

No, it didn't. From Wikipedia, the highest operating estimate is 800 PBq versus 5200 PBq. Further, 80% of that radiation is thought to have fallen in the ocean. So that looks like less than 1/30th the release of Chernobyl on land.

Comment Re:Perfect is enemy of the good (Score 1) 373 373

It's still a lot more reliable than asking "are you 18?".

To who? Legitimate businesses can get a lot more failures to conduct business, since customers would not always have the card ID ready at hand. While on the other hand, anyone can click "Yes". And as I noted earlier, just asking the question above does not create a bunch of opportunity for credit card fraud.

Comment Re:Why go without GPS? (Score 1) 30 30

Indeed, Titan the easiest large world to explore by drone, so long as they tolerate the cryogenic conditions. A highly efficient version could potentially fly continuously just on RTG power (there have been proposals along these lines), although anything adapted to deal with the added weight / inefficiency of hardware to carefully land, collect samples, carry them, etc would probably have to use flight batteries.

All syllogisms have three parts, therefore this is not a syllogism.

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